Resources › For Students and Parents Back-to-School Shopping: What to Bring to Boarding School Share Flipboard Email Print For Students and Parents Private School For Parents & Educators Choosing a Private School Homework Help Test Prep College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Stacy Jagodowski Education Expert M.A., Communications and Information Management, Bay Path College B.A., Journalism and Design, Mount Holyoke College Stacy Jagodowski has over 15 years of experience in admissions, teaching, and marketing and communications for private schools. our editorial process Stacy Jagodowski Updated July 16, 2019 August means it's time to plan for boarding school, and if it's your first year away at school, you'll need to know what to bring to campus. While every school is different, there are some general items that most students need. Check with your student life office for specific items required by your school. Boarding school students can expect that their school will provide basic furnishings, including a twin-size bed and mattress, desk, chair, dresser, and/or closet units. Each roommate will have their own furnishings, but room configurations may vary. However, there are several items that all boarding school students should include on their back-to-school shopping list. 01 of 07 Bedding Johner Images/Getty Images While a bed and mattress are provided, you need to bring your own bedding, including: Two sheet sets (dorm beds are usually twin or twin XL size, but ask your student life office before purchasing). Bringing two sets of sheets means you will always have one on the bed and one in the laundry.A mattress coverPillows and a blanket and/or comforter. Depending on where you are going to school and how cold it gets in the winter, you may want to bring one light blanket and one heavy blanket. 02 of 07 Toiletries Glow Decor/Getty Images Don't forget your bathroom and hygiene supplies, which you may need to store in your room and carry to the bathroom. Toiletries you may need include: A shower tote to carry your toiletriesTowels and washcloths. Like your sheets, bring at least two sets so you can always have one clean set on hand. Shower shoes or a pair of flip-flopsShampoo, conditioner, soap, and body washToothpaste, a toothbrush, mouthwash, and dental flossCotton swabs or cotton ballsA brush and comb and any other hair products you use regularlySunscreen and lotion. These are often overlooked, but with the amount of time you'll likely be spending outdoors for sports and activities, remembering to wear sunscreen can keep you healthy and burn free. Body lotion is important if the air gets dry in the winter and you need to moisturize. 03 of 07 Clothes Dougal Waters/Getty Images This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's important to remember to bring different types of clothing, especially if you're not able to travel back home often. Start by making sure you have the required dress code items. Dress codes may vary, but typically dress slacks or skirts and dress shoes are required, as well as button-down shirts, ties, and blazers. Ask your student life office for specific dress code requirements. If you're going to a school where fall and winter may bring inclement weather, including rain and snow, bring: Winter boots (waterproof or water-resistant)A scarf, winter hat, and glovesA waterproof jacketAn umbrella Bring an array of clothing options, as you may find yourself in a variety of situations that require different attire. You will likely need: Dress clothing for formal occasionsJeans, shorts, and other casual clothesAthletic gearSneakers and dress shoesSweaters and sweatshirts T-shirts and tank topsSunglassesA baseball cap 04 of 07 Laundry Items Freer Law / Getty Images You'd be surprised how many students forget about this aspect of boarding school: washing your own clothes. Some schools offer laundry services where you can send your clothes to be laundered, but if you plan on doing your own, you'll need: A laundry bagLaundry detergent, stain remover, dryer sheetsA clothes-drying rack (to dry towels and hand wash items)A small sewing kitQuarters (if your laundry room accepts cash)Clothes hangersA lint rollerUnderbed storage containers for extra clothing and/or storing your detergent 05 of 07 Desk and School Supplies Floortje / Getty Images Since there may not be an office supply store nearby, make sure you have these back-to-school basics: A backpack or bag to carry your books and devices to classAll required technology, such as a tablet computer, laptop, and calculatorAn alarm clock with battery backup in case you lose powerAn energy-efficient desk lampA USB or flash driveSchool supplies, including pens, pencils, binders, notebooks, sticky notes, highlighters, and a staplerA planner. This may be your smartphone or tablet, but make sure you have some way of keeping track of assignments, activities, and events.A surge protector and extension cordA flashlightA seat cushion for your desk chair Don't forget chargers for your computer and cellphone. 06 of 07 Reusable Containers and Snacks avi_gamliel / Getty Images While boarding schools provide meals, many students enjoy keeping some quick snacks on hand in their rooms. Helpful items include: Sealable containers (to store snacks)A reusable mug and water bottleReusable dishes and cutleryJuice or sports drinks that don't need to be refrigeratedDishwashing liquid and a spongeSingle-serving snacks, like popcorn and chipsGranola bars 07 of 07 Medicine and First Aid Items FrankvandenBergh / Getty Images Your school will likely have some specific instructions on how medicines and first aid items are administered, and rarely are you able to keep medicine in your room. Check with the health center or student life office for specific guidelines. First aid kit with alcohol wipes, antibacterial cream, and Bandaids for minor paper cuts and scrapes.Necessary over-the-counter and prescription medications (check with the health center for storage guidelines).